Armistice Day in Toronto
One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the armistice between the allies and Germany was signed, bringing to an end over four years of war.
No Little Plans: Alternative Building & Transportation Visions for Toronto
This exhibit examines significant municipal projects that were either never realized, or else built to one of a number of competing designs.
Pilgrimage to Vimy
In commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, we follow the story behind the veterans within the Toronto civil service who took part in the 1936 pilgrimage to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
The 1960-61 construction of a new bridge on Bayview Avenue over the West Don River, by the Metropolitan Toronto government.
Bridging the Don: the Prince Edward Viaduct
Learn about the massive public works project that bridged a river valley and stitched a growing city together.
A Stitch in Time
See panoramic photographs of armed forces battalions, downtown Toronto, construction projects and more.
Space Age Furniture Lands in Toronto
See a selection of Russell Spanner’s space-age yet functional furniture.
Turning on Toronto: A History of Toronto Hydro
Learn about the history of Toronto Hydro and the electrification of the city.
Learn about some notable historical by-laws in the City of Toronto.
Caribbean Connection: One Man's Crusade
Donald Moore was a community leader and civil rights activist who fought to change Canada’s exclusionary immigration laws.
Queen City: Her Majesty in Toronto
As part of the City’s celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the Archives looks back to some of her previous visits to our city.
Scarborough Welcomes Terry Fox
A look at Terry Fox’s visit to Scarborough during his Marathon of Hope in the summer of 1980.
CKGW: Canada's Cheerio Station
CKGW was a radio station owned and operated by distiller Gooderham and Worts, that broadcast from the King Edward hotel in the 1920s and 1930s.
An Infectious Idea: 125 Years of Public Health in Toronto
A celebration of the 125th anniversary of Toronto Public Health through photographs and documents from the city’s and predecessor municipalities’ health departments.
Drawings from the Underground: The Subway Art of John DeRinzy
Watercolour and charcoal drawings depicting the construction of the Yonge Street subway line.
That I May Be of Service - The Alumnae Association of the School of Nurses
An introduction to the history and records of the Alumnae Association of the School of Nursing, Toronto General Hospital, 1894–2010.
Toronto in 1834
As part of the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, this special exhibit looked at what Toronto was like in 1834.
Ellis Wiley Fonds
Taken between 1945 and 1993, Wiley’s early colour images tell the story of an evolving city.
A Work in Progress
This exhibit highlights some of the extensive architectural records housed at the Archives, from the 1840s to the present day.
Etobicoke: A Modern Suburb
Images from the Etobicoke Clerk’s Department from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
The Earliest Known Photographs of Toronto
25 rare photographs showing 1850s Toronto.
Mandel Sprachman Fonds
The restoration of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and other theatres.
A Step Forward in Time: Toronto's New City Hall
A history of the construction and opening of City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
V-E Day and V-J Day: The End of World War II in Toronto, 1945
Learn about how Toronto celebrated V-E Day and V-J Day, the days that ended World War II.
Toronto Remembers the Home Front, 1939-1945
See how World War II affected every Canadian civilian, every day.
Your Home Our City
100 Years of Public Control Over Private Space.
A look at the influences that shaped the city’s neighbourhoods.
Toronto Remembers D-Day, June 6, 1944
See how members of the military and Torontonians experienced this key assault in World War II.
The Great Fire of 1904
Views of one of Toronto’s greatest disasters.
The Gardiner Expressway East Comes Down
View photographs by Peter MacCallum of the demolition of the Gardiner Expressway East from the City of Toronto Archives online.
Canada's First Subway
From groundbreaking in 1949 to grand opening in 1954.